Partner & Parent Visa application processing times

If you are planning to apply for a Partner visa we recommend booking an appointment to discuss and understand your options.

Related: Partner visa processing times

Visa Type Stream (if available) 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Family and partner visas
100 Partner* 19 months 29 months
101 Child 25 months 36 months
102 Adoption 20 months 29 months
117 Orphan Relative 68 months 110 months
300 Prospective Marriage 24 months 33 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 21 months 31 months
445 Dependent Child 6 months 9 months
461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) 24 months 33 months
801 Partner* 12 months 20 months
802 Child 10 months 24 months
820 Partner 21 months 34 months
837 Orphan Relative 15 months 20 months
870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa 21 months 24 months
870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa Sponsorship 5 months 5 months
*Processing time for subclass 801 Partner (permanent) visa and 100 Partner (permanent) visa is from date of eligibility (2 years after the 820/801 or 309/100 application is lodged) to finalisation.

Visa processing times were significantly delayed due to the impacts of COVID-19 and international border restrictions and closures. As a result of Australia’s border reopening to all fully vaccinated travellers from 21 February 2022, the visa processing times are now slowly reducing as processing has resumed.

Circumstances that affect processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration programme
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.

Book a meeting today for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.